Below is the text of Mr Major’s written Parliamentary Answer on JE Hanger & Co on 18th December 1986.
Mr. Wigley Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what discussions he has had with the management of J. E. Hanger and Co. Ltd. of Roehampton to try and resolve the recent dismissal of 300 people by that company: and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Major I met the managing director of J. E. Hanger and Co. Ltd. on 26 November 1986, as I reported to the House on that day at column 330. He confirmed that the company is taking all possible steps to maintain its services to patients which remains our prime concern in this dispute.
The Government, who are not a party to the dispute, have urged both parties to avail themselves of ACAS, and have been encouraged that a series of talks have taken place. Both sides are remaining in contact with ACAS and it is hoped that a speedy settlement to the dispute will be reached.